European Dictatorships 1918-1945 surveys the extraordinary circumstances leading to, and arising from, the transformation of over half of Europe's states to dictatorships between the first and the second world wars. From the notorious dictatorships of Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin to less well-known states and leaders, Stephen J. Lee scrutinizes the experiences of Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Central and Eastern European states.
This fourth edition has been fully revised and updated throughout. New material for this edition includes:
the most recent research on individual dictatorships
a new chapter on the experiences of Europe's democracies at the hands of Germany, Italy and Russia
an expanded chapter on Spain
a new section on dictatorships beyond Europe, exploring the European and indigenous roots of dictatorships in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Extensively illustrated with images, maps, tables and a comparative timeline, and supported by a companion website providing further resources for study (www.routledge.com/cw/lee), European Dictatorships 1918-1945 is a clear, detailed and highly accessible analysis of the tumultuous events of early twentieth-century Europe.
Stephen J. Lee was Head of History at Bromsgrove School in Birmingham, UK. His publications include Russia and the USSR (Routledge, 2005) and Hitler and Nazi Germany, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2008).
List of illustrations. Dictatorship: comparative timeline 1918-1945. Preface. Prologue. 1. The setting for dictatorship 2. Types of dictatorship 3. Dictatorship in Russia 4. Dictatorship in Italy 5. Dictatorship in Germany 6. Dictatorship in Spain 7. Dictatorship elsewhere 8. Dictatorships vs. Democracies 9. Dictatorships Compared. Epilogue. Notes. Select bibliography. Index.